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that's going to do it for us. watch yourself. don't get fooled by any april fooleries. we'll see you again tomorrow morning. in the meantime, the news continues. here is kyra phillips. >> john, congratulations on your new position. ambassador to canada. that's amazing. >> we are so proud of him. >> it was a real surprise. >> kiran and i especially wish you the best of luck. >> i can't wait to be a first lady. speaking of first, it is april 1st, happy april fool's day, everybody. i wish these stories were pranks but they are not. the kind of flood you see every year. somewhere under all that water is rhode island. the rains let up but the pain keeps reigning down. soda making america's belts and buttons pop.
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wait until you see if there is a curtail to the sodas. would you mind paying a bit more to hydrate. >>. [ singing in spanish ] mexico's bloody cartel war celebrated in song. music and lyrics by "grim reality." take everything you thought about gangster rap and toss it out the window. remember, the best defense is a good avenues. the vatican says the catholic church reals frin germany telephone hotline for those abused by priests. will victims turn to the institution that betrayed their trust in the first place? frederick plakan is there with
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details and deana in rome. the vatican has been criticizing the media in recent days for what they are calling an attempt to smear the pope's name. this is the first time we have seen a comprehensive rebuttal of some of the points raised in the media and specifically in "the new york times" in relation to the case of father lawrence murphy who abused deaf boys in the united states in the '50s and '60s. "the new york times" alleged that the decision not to defrock father murphy in 1996 when the case came to the vatican's attention showed some kind of leniency on the now pope. the letter said that the decision not to take father murphy on a trial was because that would have been extremely lengthy. he would have died before any just sis had been meted out. the vary can was acting in a more punitive fashion.
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what this letter spells out in detail is the pope's record on sexual abuse. the author of the letter says that he has done more than anybody else, only because of the pope's initiatives that abuse is now a top priority within the church and must be reported in every suspected instance directly to the vatican. prior to 2001, that didn't happen. in many cases, with he know it wasn't reported even to civil authorities or at all, kyra. >> diana, here in the u.s., i have interviewed a number of leaders within the catholic community who say, the pope should go. is there a sense of crisis within the vatican right now? have you even heard something that extreme there where you are? >> there is very much a sense of crisis. we know from the vatican spokesman that the pope has called this a real test for the church. also, frederick lombard, the spokesman said the way they have handled this issue is a question
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of their reliability. the likelyness of the pope resigning is extremely remote. given the fact that a lot of these allegations against the pope don't really appear to beholding water at all. certainly, though, the church deals with these kinds of allegations in a fashion that many of us would not see as extremely timely. you get the impression from them that vatican time is very different to the rest of the world's time. this is' century's old institution that will not be pushed, really, to make changes because of media pressure, kyra. >> dana, thanks so much. now, the telephone hotline for sexually abused catholics in germany. victims talking to the accused institution? will that really work? cnn's frederik pleitgen joining us lie from berlin? >> reporter: it also believes that some priests might call the
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hotline itself. it is anonymous, to basically report themselves and say that they have things like pedophiliac thoughts. apparently, there have been a flood of calls. the church says that they were going to get about 160 to 200 calls for all of germany. they say, so far, they have gotten more than 4,000 calls to that hotline. they say the hotline is swamped. they say they can't keep up. at some stages, the hotline broke down and they said that people were reporting alleged abuses that hadn't been reported before, things that happened in eastern germany, things that happened that simply had not been thought about talking about before. so, certainly, so far, the church says that this hotline, if you will, is drawing a lot of attention from people. they say, many, many people have tried calling multiple times and simply could not get through because so many people were trying, kyra. >> i have a feeling this is just going to be the tip of the
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iceberg. so, two more quick questions. any critics out there to this hotline? anyone think this is a bad idea? >> there are a lot of people that think this is a bad idea. a lot of people are saying that people should not call this hotline. one of those organizations is called snap, a victim's rights organization from the u.s. that's even issued a press statement urging people not to call this hotline. they believe that what the church is trying to do with this hotline is trying to cover up the abuses that happen within its ranks over the past decades. they also say the other thing that the church is trying to do is keep these abuses away from chill investigators and criminal justice authorities. that's one of the main criticisms that we are hearing. what people are saying, some of them, is that they believe that people who have been busabused should go to the police, go to a lawyer and report this and not report it to the organization where the people come from that actually abuse them. there are a lot of critics here within germany.
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a lot of victims' rights organizations that are saying the same things. there are a lot of critics out there. the church says it is simply being swamped by calls right now. >> it will be interesting to see if the church opens such a hotline here in the u.s. fred p fred, appreciate it so much. nobody can remember anything worse than the flooding in rhode isla island. it is the worse in 200 years. rain has stopped. rivers are slowly receding. janet napolitano plans to travel to the state tomorrow. they have declared most of rhode island a disaster area. part of i-95 is closed and could stay that way for days as engineers inspect structural damage and even amtrak has suspended some service in the northeast corridor. say you were told to grab whatever possessions you could hold in your hands and flee your home, what would you take. >> well, that's been the dilemma
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for flooded-out residents in cranston, rhode island. reynold wolf is there. >> reporter: i am coming to you from shaw plaza. there were a few puddles here a few days ago. now, a raging torrent. we have plenty of damage to businesses here. the stories that we have seen in some places like cranston, rhode island, have more of a personal side. yesterday, we saw one man's struggle against the rising waters. rhode island or eddy flynn has called this place home for the past ten years. he has never seen anything like that. early tuesday morning, the neighbors waters of the flooding pawtuxet river paid him a visit. >> about 7:00 yesterday morning is when i spotted it. i seen all the water. i said, we're in trouble. >> reporter: 24 hours later, his basement was submerged. with waters rising higher, the rescue boats of the cranston
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fire department came calling. with only minutes to spare, ed grabbed what mattered most rs his girlfriend and two puppies and was towed to dry land. his loss, overwhelming. >> i lost everything. once they shut the pumps off, my furnace is under water, everything. >> reporter: flynn is not alone in his grief. there are thousands of similar stories across the region. the scope is mind-boggling. >> reporter: the floodwaters will recede and when they do, the cleanup will begin. for flynn, who has no flood insurance, bigger battles lie ahead but still, he says, he is going nowhere. >> i am not leaving. i am with the captain. that's my ship. i'm not leaving it. so that's my story. i'm sticking by it.
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>> reporter: kyra, there is some good news for ed flynn. his daughter only lives a few blocks away on dry land. so he will have a place to help try to put things back together. that's a positive for him. a bigger positive to the region all together that's been inundated with the floodwaters is dryer weather. that's the latest from rhode island. let's send it back to you. >> we are going to talk to jacqui jeras in a few minutes to see when things will get better for the northeast. she will have the forecast for the rest of the country. students face charges for a school mate's suicide. outraged parents want more. fire the administrators. will you drink fewer soft drinks if they cost more? it worked with cigarettes. toyota has done a lot of research and a lot of work,
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phoebe prince was young, beautiful and took her own life. nine of her classmates are being held accountable for it. outraged parents are demanding that even more be done to bring about justice. what are they demanding? fire the administrators. parents say this bullying has gone on at south hadley high for years. the school has done nothing about it. >> they haven't apologized to this family. they haven't apologized to this community. we had been saying from early on that this the administration needs to resign. it's dispickable. >> what do you say to all of the parents who are outraged and who are calling for your resignation? >> at this point, i'm not going to talk any further. >> reporter: will you resign when your contract is up?
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>> i have no comment. >> reporter: your contract is up in may, sir? >> i have no comment. >> total of nine students have been indicted in connection with phoebe principal's suicide. charges ranging from statutory rape to criminal harassment to civil rights violations. three of those students go to court on tuesday. >> soda and smokes, high taxes put a dent in theumber of smokers in this country. a similar tax on sugary soft drinks hasn't had the same effect on obesity. sanjay gupta, why isn't it working? >> i think the tax isn't high enough. it is one of those weird things because you are trying to figure out the tax, figure out the potential behavioral changes and the outcome on obesity. it is a tough puzzle to crack. this isn't a national soda tax. that's something that's been debated for some time. 21 states around the country have sales tax on sugary drinks, soda, in particular. those are the states.
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you can take a look at the map. this is something that's become more common. these taxes have been in place for some time. let me put it in more context for you if you are looking at specific products. a 20-ounce soda, the cost may be around $1.50. the increased sales tax again was about 4%. $1.50. add six cents to that, $1.56. it doesn't seem like a lot of money. >> it seems like nothing. >> that's what consumers thought as well. that's why this didn't work. the reason they are so focused is because they didn't work. >> if you isolate soda as the potential problem,the numbers were mind-boggling. 20 ounces on average, children drink about that in a day. 24 calories. we did the math. that's about 75,000 additional calories a year. 3rd to 5th graders, 20 pounds.
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>> i remember a friend in high school horribly overweight. she struggled with it. she cut out soda. when we saw her five years after high school, she had dropped 30 pounds. she said, all she did was cut out soda. she just cut out soda. >> the calories, the simple math just adds up there. it does other things. it is not good for your bones or so many other things in your bo body as well. >> it is always tough. as a doctor, i can say cigarettes have very few redeeming qualities. when it comes to taxing food and drinks, that is different. people living near the poverty line, these things are a good bargain, which is why people buy these this such great quantities. they did try to figure out how much tax would have to go up to make a difference. the rand corporation which did the study, said 27 cents. about 18% from 4%. $1.77, does that make a
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difference? they think it will. do you tax us? who are you punishing? people at the lower income levels. wouldn't it be smarter to make healthier drinks and food cheaper. you bring it more in line. we talked to the food and beverage association about this specifically. taxation hardly ever helps situations like this. diet and exercise is the key. people agree on that. >> you can't debate that at all. thanks, sanjay. it is something dangerous. it must be an adrenaline rush? this glacier in iceland erupting for almost two weeks. not only attracting gee olgists but a lot of tourists. they are concerned it could provehicle a nearby volcano to erupt. from fire and ice and just extreme fire. there is an extreme fire danger for parts of the southwest, is that right? >> those are amazing pictures, kyra. >> how close would you get, i'm
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curious? >> no, you don't. they spew out not just volcanic ash and lava and things that could burn you, there is also toxic chemicals like is your fur a sulphur and things that could make you sick. >> a lesson to all the gee olgists and tourists that are moving closer. >> back away from the volcano. talking fire and the danger today. really, really high. extremely critical. that's as our low pressure center comes in. we do have a number of fires which have already been burning. 14 of them according to the national inner agency fire center. there, you can see the locations. most of them center right here into parts of oklahoma. so far, kind of a quiet weather season. the number of acres that have burned since january, down about a third compared to the seven-year average. that is certainly significant. winds here could be gusting as
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much as 50 plus miles per hour. anything that could burn in this area could really take off. be aware of that. also, you can see in the red area here, we have a threat of severe thunderstorms developing this afternoon and evening. large hail damaging winds as well as isolated tornadoes will be something we are watching for. in the meantime, the eastern part of the united states loving the dry, hot weather. check out the record highs yesterday in the '70s and '80s across the midwest. reality check. that's not an april fools joke. high temperatures continue to stay worm. we will watch the front move through by the end of the weekend and bring us back down a little closer to reality. kyra? >> thanks, jackie. april 1st, time to head out to the spaghetti orchards and reel in the harvest. we are going to look at some of the greatest pranks of all time.
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d.c. police right now searching for a fourth suspect connected to a deadly dry by earlier this week. four people died in that shooting. they were coming back from a funeral. three people are under arrest. so far, only two have been charged. an abortion doctor will have his say in court. scott roeder faces life in prison for murder when he is sen sentenced. he was convicted in january of gunning down dr. george tiller
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at a wichita, kansas church. he said he had to kill him to save babies lives. an obsession with the make-believe may cost a little girl her life. this is the south korean couple that spent all their time with their virtual child, so much time that they let their three-month-old daughter starve to death. the case is expected to shine a spotlight on the dangers of internet obsession. we are back in a moment. it's impossible to replace anybody that you love.
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fooling and being fooled. we thought about examining the origins of this traditional day of miss chief. forget that. you can look it up. let's look back at some of the best jokes played on april fools' day. 1989, briton buzzes over the ufo, unidentified object, a hot air balloon, billionaire, richard branson, flying it. according to the london legend, as a policeman approached, a costumed alien stepped out and the bobby bolt ed. the fast food giant sparked outrage when it said it had bought the liberty bell and renamed it the taco liberty bell. they tried to sue the anchor by donating $50,000 for the bell's upkeep. that kind of corporate sponsorship doesn't seem that far fetched. >> spaghetti cullty vation here in switzerland is not carried
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out on anything like the tremendous scale of the italian industry. >> 1957, england's bbc reports on a record spaghetti harvest being plucked from the trees. various gardeners called in and were told they could grow their own trees by placing a sprig of spaghetti in a can of tomato sauce. >> internet surfers know that google has a tradition of pranks. they have changed their trademark to topeka, when the city changed its name to google to become the test site for the brand band experiment. eight militia members armed and ready. were they planning to kill cops anisette up their own country? that story in two minutes. it's got 26,000 miles on it now,
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wall street has closed the book on the first quarter. don't be afraid to check out that 401(k). the numbers are probably better. right, stephanie elam? >> that is true. we had a pretty solid first quarter here. all the major averages rose at least 4% during the quarter. that's not too bad. the dow's best first quarter since 1999. today, we are expecting the second quarter to bust out the gates. investigators are encouraged by strong sm strong reports voeoverseas. new claims for the jobless, dropping. despite signs of improvement, treasury secretary, tim geithner, told the "today" show that he believes that unemployment will stay unacceptably high for a very long time. we are keeping the eye on the auto industry. they are expected to report
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march figures throughout the day. they have high hopes because of the economic recovery and big incentives from toyota. a reading on manufacturing will be released at the top of the hours. we are expecting to see some expansion. let's take a look at the numbers as we get going here today. we are out the gates with some positive numbers. it wasn't enough for wall street. the dow up 54 points. 10,911. nasdaq up 14 points at 2,412. finally, as you know, today is national census day. the day we are supposed to get our census reports back in. how appropriate, sutherbys plan toss auction off the first u.s. census from 1791 signed by thomas jefferson. it is expected to fetch $50,000 to $70,000. just in case you are wondering what kind of things are included, state population according to five categories and
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free white males over 16, under 16, free white females and all other person and also slaves. interesting data there. >> single white females, wasn't that a movie? >> i think you have to add that part in. it might have been very different in 1791. >> that was part b. on a serious note, did you fill yours out and send it off? >> yeah, i did. >> okay, very good. you paused for a minute. >> i did mine too. >> the funny thing is, my husband had no clue that i had done it. i did it and got it out. when i saw that legally, we had to do it, i was getting ready to -- that's full disclosure. i'm not going to go there. >> full disclosure. >> see ya, steph. is there a case or not? the attorney for the alleged leader of a militia group accused of planning to kill cops says, no, it is just talk, nothing but talk. our drew griffin was in federal court in detroit when not guilty
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pleas were entered for these defendants. >> reporter: in court, no longer wearing designer fatigues but shackled at the feet and wearing prison jumpsuits, eight members of the huteree militia sat by their attorneys listening as the government layed out there plans, to start a war based mostly on the observations of the unknown and unseen undercover agent. at one point, the government presented an audio tape of david stone, the hutaree leader reading a speech. they will fight along anyone who sees the new world order as an enemy. the voice on the tape says, the goal is a free nation without tyranny and it is time to strike. welcome to the new world order. prosecutors alleged david stone ran his militia from these run
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down trailers and was attempting to build his own nation, combining four michigan counties to create a new country that he would defend with his hutaree army. if that sounds like a bunch of crazy talk, stone's court-appointed attorney says, that's because that is all the government has, talk with no evidence of an actual crime. >> it is legal to speak out in america. it is legal to have opinions in america. it is legal to assemble with people in america. the government has to show more than that. >> reporter: you said he court that he he likes to talk a lot. >> so do i. >> reporter: this is just talk? >> did you see or hear anything else that was anything but talk? >> reporter: during the court hearing where they had not guilty plaes submitted, the government's plaur said they were a rag tag group ha had trouble building any explosives, couldn't obtain the material they needed for various operations and failed to a
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militia summit in kentucky because the van they were driving in couldn't make it through the snowstorm. they confiscated 37 guns from the trailers along with materials that could be used to make bombs. other than alleged overall desire to kill law enforcement officers, no evidence was presented of any violent act they were attempting to carry out. >> reporter: the attorneys are arguing you don't have anything other than people expressing their free speech? >> well, we have a public information officer that would probably be the best person to discuss the matter. >> reporter: can i ask you one factual question? the 37 guns confiscated, were any of them illegally obtained or illegal? >> i don't want to try the case out here on the courthouse steps. the best place is in the courtroom. >> reporter: the judge in the case put off any decision on whether he would release any members of the militia pending their trial. >> i'm tired of you guys har
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asing me. >> reporter: wives, fiancees and mothers of the members ran from the hearing complaining of being harassed and offering no comment. drew griffin, cnn, detroit. you know those slacker dudes that sing about free credit reports, the guys that aren't the cave men. dudes, it is time to get another job or change. by offering products like new zyrtec® liquid gels. zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy medicine, is now available in a liquid gel. zyrtec® liquid gels work on your worst symptoms... indoors and out. you'll also get the expert advice of your walgreens pharmacist. so you'll feel freer to love the air. walgreens. there's a way to stay well. one month, five years after you do retire? ♪ client comes in and they have a box. and inside that box is their financial life.
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people are divided. >> you have to read the signs and know where you are going. >> america is a melting pot. >> the bill now goes to the state house for action. new rules for carmakers unveiled in washington. the plan is really no secret. here is the big pount. carmakers going to have to up the ante on fuel efficiency. 35 miles a gal is the target starting with the 2012 models. they will raise car prices about $1,000. you are supposed to make that back threefold by using less gas. happy census day! today is the deadline to send in your form. around 62 million of you sent them in, including 1600 pennsylvania avenue. that's just over 50%. for those of you who didn't get it done, replacement forms on the way. if that doesn't work, you will get a knock on the door. patrolling the border, dangerous business in southern
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violence spilling over the border. border agents on alert. with he start with the murders of a u.s. consulate worker and her husband gunned down on the way home from a children's party. mexican authorities say they have a confession with a startling twist. the consulate worker was not targeted by the notorious gang. gang members were aiming at her husband. weighs a squjail guard in el pa
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who had several run-ins with gang members. >> arizona, they are pleading with the federal government to get serious about border security. ranchers gathered near the border to remember one of their own, murdered over the weekend. they followed the alleged killer's track right to the mexican border. the memorial service turned into an imprompt tu rally to protect the people. >> we have been dealing with violence for a long, long time. people say, it hasn't spilled over here yet. it is here. it is in the middle of us and has been for a long time. the risks are high. until we get ahold and get the kind of aerial platforms and resources and boots on the ground and equipment in place to be able to detect each and every incursion of the border and respond to it, we are going to toin suff suffer and be at risk. >> no known motive or suspect in
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the rancher attack. texas, arizona and california all dealing with the violence. california, the border agents taking the beating literally. they are fighting back with force and a fence. we have more in just outside san diego with ted rowlands where we are talking about border violence, specifically against border patrol agents. this is tijuana on this side. this has been an area of the country where assaults against agents were most prevalent t was the most violent area for a number of years. it is getting much better. this is sam anderson jr. he has been an agent for 21 years. you have been assaulted yourself but, good news, the assault levels are down in terms of the numbers. >> absolutely. i have to attribute that to the right type of personnel, technology and the infrastructure you see in this
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fence. >> reporter: this razor wire has stopped anyone from trying to get over this fence even after the secondary fence went in. they would still scale it with ladders. what they are doing still is trying to cut through it? they use a piece of equipment to get through. even those levels have dropped. now, in terms of violence against agents, the numbers of assaults are way down. however, one disturbing trend is the level of intensity in some of these assaults has gone up. one of the cases that demonstrates that happened last year. one of your agents was murdered by someone involved in the drug trade. give us a sense of what that incident did? >> i specifically would have never thought that somebody would have dreamed of trying to kill, much less successfully kill, a border patrol agent. with that in mind, agents are keenly aware of the threat out there. >> robert rosa was an agent in your sector. it had to really hit home for
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your folks. >> absolutely. within the san diego sector, there is no the a day that goes by that we don't think about what happens to robert rosas and our duty and mission to protect this nation along the southwest border. >> reporter: bottom line. are we winning this battle? >> i would say especially here in the san diego sector, our ability to control or gain operational control of this particular area has increased immensely. >> reporter: is it worth taxpayer's money, this is millions, billions of dollars? >> yes. you have to gauge, for instance, where are you going to put your infrastructure. here in san diego, because we are in an urban area, you would need that double fence. you would need that technology, those canvas and those fence, because the people are able to quickly assimilate into the population. >> reporter: how disturbing is this trend, the level of attacks against agents has gone up? >> it is very disturbing. it increases our alertness of our surroundings an the dangers out there. >> reporter: has it changed the way you do business?
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>> absolutely. the thought of being complacent doesn't enter into my mind. we strongly talk to each agent, do not be complacent while you are out there protecting our homeland. >> reporter: bottom line, the number of assaults have gone down. the intensity, however, seems to be going up in some of these instances. kyra? >> rowlands, thanks so much. traditional latin music with a very modern message. [ singing in spanish ] >> glorifying murder and mayhem. we are going to meet the american musicians turning other's misery into personal success. jacqui jeras, northeast, trying to dry out. >> trying. and succeeding, actually. at least in terms of the weather, in terms of things coming down from the sky anyway.
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but, as you can see, still a lot of flood warnings remain in effect here. many of these rivers have crested now already. it takes a long time for everything to continue to run off and to get the river back within its banks. so, many of them will be in flood, which means you are still going to have water out there at least into the early part of next week. keep this in mind. it is thursday today. we are getting towards the weekend. a lot of people want to get out and get out and about. you still be really, really careful. it is still a very dangerous situation. that's going to be ongoing across the northeast. the best thing we can tell you is that the high pressure is in effect, high and dry. keep those things in mind. we are going to get this nice, southeasterly flow in here, bringing in the nice southeasterly air. temperatures are going to be incredible. we see record highs across the upper midwest where temperatures are going to be as much as 25 degrees above normal. 25 above. everybody is saying, where is spring? we are so tired of this. it is here. we are almost transitioning into
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summer. the west, the reversal of the patterns, we are looking at cooler conditions. snow into the higher elevations today. we could see as much as 8-10 inches out here, great for those of you heading on spring break and wanting to do a little skiing. one of the consequences is we have a great difference between the warm and cold with the low pressure coming in that the winds will be very fierce. high fire danger across parts of the south and west. kyra? >> jackie, thanks. she might have only gotten a few bucks and loose change. it is the thought lessness that counts. we are three minutes away from a new chapter in the dirt bag chronicles. wish it were just an april fools joke but it is not. admit it. you thought you were cool until your parents made you drive the green one with the three dents and the purple stripes. remember that? everyone in high school laughed as you rolled into the parking lot. maybe it just needed spiners. all right. i digest for a moment.
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the birth of the sub compact on this date in history. there it is in all its glory, the amc beating the pinto and the vega by six months, by the way. the first gremlins off the assembly line cost $1900.
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all right. we've all heard about the school of hard knock, but how about a school with hard liquor, and i'm not talking about bartending school. i'm talking about the institute of science and technology
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charter school in philadelphia. that's its name by day, but after classes let out, the good times roll as a nightclub. >> mixing liquor in a school that covers very young grades. it's really shocking. >> you think? >> once the cat got out of the bag it was last call. the bar's closed. the students go back monday. probably the hardest drink you can get there now in the old cafeteria, bug juice. remember that stuff? now more dirtbag adventures. some people, boy, i tell you gotta wonder what's going on in their dirtbag minds. california near bakersville. a woman gets ready to buy coffee from a convenience store. a woman snatches big donation jar for kids, terminally ill kids. shoves it in her purse and wins admission to the dirtbag society. the woman doesn't need coffee. she needs a conscience.
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i know the economy's tough and all, but really? terminally ill kids? maybe the cops should put this on youtube to help capture. that's right. that's what they did in fayetteville, tennessee, and it worked. take a look at this. you're seeing at pretty messed up family time action. a mom and dad taking their two kids to a car lot to steal a radio out of an suv like a take your kids to work day for thieves. the sheriff wanted to catch the parents and teach the kids that this is not a family value. he doesn't want them to be dirtbags of tomorrow. guess what? putting the video on youtube might have helped break the case. youtube, you busted. could be the next great criminal fighting tool. a lot going on this morning. cnn crews keeping watch on all kinds of stories. let's check with our correspondent beginning with josh levs. >> hi there, kyra. this is the jackpot that 41 states competed over. billions of dollars to revolutionize their schools, only two have won. so which are they and how can your state get some of your
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billions? i will have that in the next hour. i'm cnn meteorologist jacqui jeras. the fl starting to recede across the northeast as the temperatures warm in the 70s and 80s, but the worst of the weather hits the southwest with fire danger and severe thunderstorms. we'll have details coming up in your forecast. >> thanks, guys. also ahead, we know states are struggling to make ends meet, but should budget cuts come at the expense of foster families? we'll talk to one family that opened its home and hearts to kids with special needs. the return of the fishing boats. their safe arrival is highly anticipated. as is something else. a shipment of natural sea salt from cargill, essential for preserving the catch. we deliver the salt on precise schedules and ship it efficiently all along the alaskan coast. saving the fishermen money and their catch. this is how cargill works with customers.
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okay. i admit it. i like those slacker dudes that sing the free credit report songs at the renaissance fair, cite food plays and drive around in the old clunker with pleather seats and the chicks laughing at them, but you'll wonder if they'll change their tune now that the new rules are kicking in. christine romans, those free credit report offers weren't really free, right? >> no, they weren't and the government is cracking down on advertising with anything with a free credit report and there is only one true free credit report and they don't advertise it on flashy tv commercials and online. let me tell you about the changes you will see when you go
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online when you go to the websites where they offer a free credit report, they'll have disclosures that say actually we'll we're trying to get you into subscription service where you pay every month. that's when you get the free credit report. and the tv and radio ads have to have clear disclosure so you will see changes to the ads. there is one real free credit report. let me tell you where it is, no strings attached,, kyra. if you're not online you can call 877-322-8728. that is the website that the ftc, the federal trade commission, mandates for your free annual credit report, kyra. >> good advice. >> thanks, christine. -- captions by vitac -- an abortion doctor killer will have his say in court. he was convicted in january of gunning down dr. george tiller at his wichita, kansas, church.
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tiller was one of the few u.s. cross perform late-term abortions. roeder has said he had to kill till tore save babies lives. good-bye gas-guzzlers. the obama administration setting tougher regulations. those vehicles would have to meet targets of 35.5 miles a gallon, but that change could cost you. it could raise a car's sticker price by $1,000 bucks, but on the flipside, with better gas mileage drivers being get the extra money back within three years. happy census day. yep, it's the deadline to send in your form and it looks around 62 million of you sent them in including the president there. 1600 pennsylvania avenue. that's just over 50% though. so for those of you that didn't get it done. guess what? replacement forms on the way, and if that doesn't work, you'll get a knock at the door. three more stories we'll be covering this hour. they had us talking and maybe
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they'll move you, outrage you? it did both for us. if you've seen this, is it just me or does it seem to be happening too much with regularity. a child bullied to the point of suicide. yesterday we told you about a second grader in texas who reportedly tried and failed and in a sec we'll tell you about an eighth grader in texas who tried and succeeded. plus, you know states are hurting for money, but should foster parents with special needs kids be the ones who pay? if you're going to shaft someone, why them? and death is my companion. that's some uplifting stuff, isn't it? mexico's bloody nightmare, the drug cartel war now has a soundtrack. let's get to texas now. a funeral today for are for a 13-year-old boy. the coroner's report won't show it, but was bullying the true cause of death? cnn's affiliate ktxa reports. >> that school he's been bullied by some eighth graders.
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>> reporter: john carmichael's friends say was always small for his age. it's the reason why, they think, he was bullied. >> he was bull ed because he was short and that was it. >> reporter: jeremy, one of john carmichael's closest friends remembers hearing about one bullying incident in particular. >> i got some friends at school that said that some kids -- jonathan and some other kids put him in the trash can. >> reporter: karen who took john carmichael to the cowboy church with her own son hopes the boy's death sends a message. >> if there's one positive thing that can come out of this that it would be that people would learn, kids would learn to treat other kids with respect. >> reporter: the superintendent says he heard about the trash can incident only yesterday. >> back in the fall during
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football season there was a -- he was put into a trash can. >> reporter: close friends say john carmichael was a good student and well liked among his friends. he will be missed. >> it's just going to be quiet around him without him around. >> no charges have been filed in this case. the school plans to implement a new program to train teachers to be more aware and responsive to bullies. john carmichael's parents talked to anderson cooper last night. they're hoping teachers and administrators everywhere are listening to this. >> i just know that he got his books knocked out of his hands and things and pushed up against the walls in the lockers. >> put in the dumpster and -- my wife went to eat lunch with him one day and after she left they jumped him and forced his face into a toilet.
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it just needs to be stopped. you need to open your eyes to it. >> teachers need to open it up and look at what's going on. >> make people accountable, that's for sure. outraged parents in massachusetts say enough is enough when it comes to bullies. they want school administrators fired after phoebe prince's death. parents say that bullying has gone on at south hadley high for years, and the school has done nothing about it. >> we are working through and revising our procedures and policies and so forth, yes. >> are you encouraged by the results so far? do parents seem to be encouraged by the results? >> so far, i think we are. i mean, we're working on that, yes. >> but what do you say to all of the parents who are outraged and who are calling for your resignation? >> at this point i'm not going to talk any further. >> the principal's contract is up and we'll see what happens. a total of nine students have
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been indicted in connection with phoebe's suicide. charges ranging from statutory rape to criminal harassment to civil rights violations. three of those students go to court on tuesday. all these stories got us thinking, what do you say to your kids about bullying? if you don't mind, go to my blog, and share your thoughts with me. i would love to read some of them on the air later in the hour. . other real mall rats that the rhode island shopping center are probably drowned by now. lots of businesses and schools closed today due to the state's worst flooding in 200 years. they're worried about a bridge in the town of coventry collapsing and the worst-case scenario, large chunks of the bridge shooting downstream damaging dams and releasing even more water. jacqui jeras, that would not be a good thing. >> it wouldn't. i'm glad that you mentioned that because i just got some new information on that very thing
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here. there actually is an old dam and an old bridge, the laurel avenue bridge in coventry that you were talking about, that both could cause dangerous rises on the pawtuxet river there and put another dam downstream called the arctic dam in west warwick in jeopardy. so they've done some evacuations here as a precaution and of course, officials will continue to monitor that situation. so still some scary moments even though the pawtuxet river has crested so there's a lot of pressure out there as this water continues to move very, very rapidly. that's a lot of pressure and a lot of force in these areas and there is still literally dozens of rivers that remain in flood across the northeast. the great thing is that the weather is providing a very significant break here. we're talking about, you know, two, three days at least, at a minimum of dry weather. there's a slight risk that we could get some thunderstorms this weekend as there's a storm in the nation's midsection comes through, but right now our best thinking is this could take a
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northerly trek and head up toward canada and we'll watch that situation. we'll have more coming up about what this storm is doing today with the southwest with the fire danger bringing changeable conditions. we want to show you that out of denver right now. temperatures, 34 degrees. a record high on tuesday of 82. you had 20 inches of snow last week and you could see some of that rain and snow beginning to mix in again by late tonight. so we'll have more details on that fire danger which is really critical again today, kyra, when i see you again. >> thanks, jacqui. it's thursday, you know what that means. time for the 30-second pitch. can you put this man to work? he's going to make his case.
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murder in a small town, but here's the twist. the victim was the town's mayor.
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here's the story in washington park, illinois. our st. louis affiliate, knov says someone has been taken into custody on the shooting death of mayor john thornton. he was found shot to death. we'll have developments as soon as they come in. mexico's bloody nightmarish cartel wars, now it's got a soundtrack. >> so you sing about drug dealers. >> uh-huh. >> and what else? love? >> love. not really. i don't think so. >> no love here just violence, blood and drugs. going to doubt if you'll find this stuff available on itunes. where's my car? where's my car?!!!! where are you?! arghhh... (announcer) dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles give you outrageous comfort, all-day-guaranteed.
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♪ ♪ ♪ telling a story with music, but is it a story worth telling? the reality of murder and mayhem in mexico with a catchy beat. it can be pretty tough to take like dance or rap on steroids. thelma gutierrez tracks down the musicians. their response? hey, it's a living. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> it's friday night and this club is packing them in. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> this isn't mexico. we're in a suburb of los angeles, and all these fans are here to listen to traditional mexican music called corridos, ballads that date back to the 1800s and sound a little like a
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poka. >> they're fanatics about the corrido because it's the muse take makes them want to get up and dance. >> reporter: but the music that they're listening to, if you listen closely to the lyrics and translate them, it has a very dark and disturbing message. it's the illicit world of drug running. the narco world reported on the media and posted on youtube. have inspired the lyrics of the narco corrido. ♪ ♪ >> we went to inglewood, california, to meet some musicians. alfredo tapia and the group los traviesos 24/7. they play the music this some find so offensive it's banned from the radio in mexico. >> for people that haven't heard narco corridos, how would you explain that? >> it's drug dealers. >> so you sing about drug
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dealers. and what else? love? >> love? no not really. i don't think so. tappia took me to a garage that he turned into a recording studio. this is where he produces the underground music. they played for us. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you're talking about -- [ speaking spanish ] you're going to kill their mother? did i hear that right? >> yes. ♪ ♪ >> all of you are united states citizen, right? but you have family members in mexico. >> yeah. >> so it's got to bug you that this has taken hold. >> oh, yeah. definitely. ♪ ♪ >> would you go play there? >> no. >> who are your influences in american music? >> dr. dre. i grew up with those guys.
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>> they say the narco corrido is a little like gangster rap, controversial, raw commentary about what's going on. do you feel just a little bit responsible? >> i do. i do. i do. but if i don't do this kind of music i'm out of business. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> right now narco corridos are big business and the hottest phenomenon on the internet is larry hernandez. his videos youtube and myspace get hundreds of thousands of views. his concerts sell out and he's top of the latin billboard charts with no major label, no radio play or media exposure. ♪ ♪ >> critics argue that singers are profiting from violence and tragedy. usc professor and narco corrido
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expert john kuhn says that this isn't new. >> these exist in culture areas. there are italian mafia songs and hip-hop has been all about the criminal lifestyle in some ways and songs that document and make very powerful observations about the criminal underworld. >> reporter: does that ever worry you from a security perspective about who's in the crowd and who's in the audience watching you. who might like your music and who might not like your music? does that worry you? >> we try to be as careful and cautious as possible. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> we try to be neutral. >> reporter: alfredo tappia says he dreams of the day when he can go back to singing about love and romance, but for now his fans only want the violent lyrics of narco corridos. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. >> helping kids in desperate need. one father refusing to turn his back, but now his home state is taking away his safety net.
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budget cuts now putting foster kids in a tough spot.
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new jersey. police really could use some help finding those responsible. they're looking for up to seven men and boys who sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl. the girl's 15-year-old sister allegedly is a prostitute and offered the little girl up to the men. the teen is facing a bunch of charges herself. d.c. police is searching for a third suspect connected to a drive-by this week. four people died in the shooting. they were coming back from a funeral. three people are under arrest and so far two have been charged. an obsession with the make
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believe cost -- an obsession that may have cost a girl her life. her parents go on trial tomorrow. if you don't remember the case, this is the south korean couple who spent all their time with a virtual child. so much time, in fact, that they let their 3-month-old daughter starve to death. the case is expected to shine a spotlight on the dangers of internet obsession. a couple of pennies just won't get it done. a new study says soda taxes need to jump to 18% if they're going to have an effect on our obesity problem. right now 21 states have taxes in place, but the extra charge hasn't put a dent in the consumption of sugary drinks. so what's it doing for our kids? it's packing on the pounds. check out the numbers. as it adds up, our kids are putting on 20 pounds a year just because of sugary drinks. >> the controversy within the religion of scientology. a history of violence, but at whose hands?
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members of the church against the church's leader david miscavige. the church not only denies those allegation, but they say it comes from people working together to destroy the church. the church says one of the people making allegations was demoted and then removed from his senior position precisely because he was violent. now how even the competing versions of what happened ultimately raise questions, that the public is entighted to know. what was going on in the church and why were the police never called in to investigate? here's cnn's anderson cooper. >> in late '03 there was a beating every day and if it wasn't him doing it it was from him enciting others to do it to others. >> in front of other people? >> in front of other people. >> reporter: since coming forward last year in the "st. petersburg times "against church leader david miscavige, marty rathbun and other former scientologists have found themselves under vigorous attack
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from the church they once dedicated their lives to. they're accused of working together to destroy the church. tommy davis is the church spokesman. >> the church will defend itself and it will defend itself for its own sake and for the sake of parishioners and the fact is these individuals are out there and they're lying. >> reporter: they sent cnn dozens of declarations, e-mails and affidavits defending the church and its leader and attacking the credibility of those who have spoken out. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: the church says former construction manager tom devok was violent and wasted millions of the church's there ares during the sea organization, the church's religious order. they allege mark rinder attacked his subordinates and jeff hawkins has attended rallies with an anti-scientology movement called anonymous which protest against the church. most of the affidavits specifically name marty rathbun which they say assaulted members of the sea organization on numerous occasions.
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>> the affidavit was from numerous people who said the beatings and physical abuse was not perpetrated by david miscavige, but perpetrated by you. >> right. outright lies. i did some, and i didn't come here ever telling you telling you i never did anything wrong. i'm no angel. i'm going to tell you, i was involved in this, but for god's sake, to try to make it sound like i perpetuated the whole thing is a complete and utter fabrication. >> reporter: in sworn affidavits, a number of church members make specific allegations against marty rathbun including more than a dozen instances of physical violence. one person writes she witnessed rathbun hitting a colleague, quote, about the head and in the face while yelling at him. another writes rathbun, quote, walked into the office and appeared upset with me, adding he suddenly punched me in the stomach and his own ex-wife says marty rathbun lives for war. >> people, many of whom you know very well they all say david miscavige is kind, he's hard
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working and a passionate man who has done nothing, but good for the church. >> they will say anything they need to say, anderson. >> reporter: current senior members of the sea organization say while their former colleague marty rathbun was repeatedly violent for many years none informed the church's leader david miscavige. >> that guy had a streak of violence. >> on four occasions from 2000 to 2002 with you, mr. starky as well as 2001 and that's nine incidents between 2000 and 2002. >> when it was found out, he's out of the church. >> no can anyone tell me why david miscavige was not informed. >> mr. miscavige was not there. >> there are telephones and fax machines and why was he not informed. >> when someone blows up you don't immediately pick up the phone and call the leader of a worldwide religion. >> you had four years to do it here, so no one over the course of four years informed david
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miscavige -- >> plus, you have -- there's something you don't understand. >> you can say yes and no. >> marty rathbun was not in a top position when that happened at all. he was -- >> he was -- he was a member of the sea organization. he was important enough to have an office next to you and nobody informed david miscavige this was going on. >> yes. >> the point is that when mr. miscavige was informed marty was removed. that's what matters. >> reporter: there's no physical evidence proving the former scientologist charges just as the affidavit supporting miscavige and attacking his critics cannot be verified. surprisingly, though they don't agree on who was prerp traiting it, both describe a work environment where punching, choking and kicking as a means of discipline and intimidation occurred on numerous occasions and no one ever filed criminal charges or even called the police. tommy davis is the church spokesman and monique ingling is
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an attorney for the church. >> how is it possible that a member of the church could assault about a dozen people and nobody come forward about it and no one filed charges. how come the church didn't file charge fess marty rathbun was beating people up. >> people did come forward about it and there were reports written as mr. davis pointed out and the reason there were reports written was because it was very untoward. there may have been some people who decided they didn't want to report it and suffered it in silence, but there were indeed reports written. >> why didn't the church proceed with charges? aggravated assault is a felony and against the law. >> the church treated it as an internal matter and he was disciplined internally. >> you said marty rathbun beat people more than a dozen times or so. you said mark rinder has beat people and that was known apparently at the time, at least some of it was known at the time and yet that seemed to be acceptable behavior in the church that no charges were ever
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filed against any of these people. >> they were removed. >> if in fact, that is treelly the true unless the opposite is true and it was the head of the church doing these beat negligence which case it would make sense that no charges would be filed or no one would come forward. >> they were removed. the point is they were removed. the choice of the individuals who were attacked as to whether to file charges or not was completely their church. >> this is so abhorrent to scientologists' beliefs, beatings. it doesn't seem that it was taken all that seriously. >> oh, it absolutely was. >> it was taken very, very seriously. >> if my boss is starting to beat me up here and the head of time warner said oh, you know, we'll deal with it as an internal matter. i think that would be pretty shocking. >> here's the thing, the point is when it was discovered, he was disciplined and he was removed. >> david miscavige, the chairman of the board of scientology rarely meets the media. he hasn't done a news interview since 1998. we've offered many times for mr.
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miscavige to appear on "ac 360" for his series, but tommy davis has declined for mr. miscavige. the invitation remains open. tonight, what happens to those that leave the church and speak out? that's on anderson cooper "360," at 7:00 pacific here on cnn. money troubles forcing a state to make a tough choice. who gets cut out? in this case, special needs kids, but the fight is far from over.
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the economy is making it tough on families all over this country, but some non-traditional families are really feeling the pinch as states look for ways to cut the budget. carl harris is one of those unique parents who they're on the brink of losing critical help. here's his story. he already raised three kids of his own. then he reached out to help others, taking in four foster kids. now they're a permanent part of his family and he's doing it again, caring for even more kids, kids with special needs, but now this. his home state of indiana is planning to cut much-needed assistance for foster families. carl harris, you're a great story, but what's happening in your state is not. first of all, your family is absolutely beautiful and you're on vacation, right? >> yeah. we're down here seeing my daughter. she lives here in tennessee. >> and this is your biological
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daughter, right? >> yes, yes it is. it's hard to keep track, you have so many beautiful kids. i guess first of all, you know, tell me why you did this. why did you want to adopt so many foster kids? >> well, first of all, my wife and i, we love children, and like i say, we were empty nesters for quite some time and we saw a need, to be honest with you. i wasn't onboard at first, but when you go to your training and you see the children and you learn that there's a need for it we were -- we came around and we just love the children. we love raising them and trying to make a difference in children's lives that need help. >> well, i know you are. stenia, you're 15, right? >> yes. >> tell me what's so amazing about dad. >> well, i don't know, we just on eye love being with him. it's fun.
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they take care of us. we do things that we like to do. it's just like a normal family, just not biological, but it's still there. >> what do you think your life would have been like if your dad wouldn't have adopted you? because i know things weren't easy for you and foster care is really, really tough. you know, do you ever think about that, like, whew, i am one lucky girl? >> yes, i think about it a lot because if we weren't with them things would definitely be more hard, more rough, be tough. but i'm glad that we are with them so i really don't want to think about what it would be like. >> i don't blame you. i know that shayla behind you and anna don't have mikes on, but they can sort of hear what i'm saying. they've got big smiles, that's for sure and we have breanna on dad's lap. do me a favor, steania. ask breanna what she likes about
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dad. >> breanne a what do you like about daddy? >> she got shy. how about shayla and anna, they can shout it out. what's so cool about dad. >> what's so cool about daddy? >> he's fun! >> what do you think? >> he's fun. yeah, he's fun. >> maybe not all of the time, but -- >> well, but on a serious note, really. you have developed such an amazing family dynamic and now the talk is that dads like you who take on foster kids are going to lose a huge part of their per diem. tell me why that concerns you. would you have thought about adopting, you love them now, but if you weren't getting extra support would you have been able to adopt most of these kids? >> no, i don't think so. most foster parents go into -- you're not going to get rich. it's not a profit situation. the funds that you receive are
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for the kids and, you know, any time you have an addition to your family you run into situations and foster care really shouldn't be a financial burden on you because you're taking care of the children. we were just fine before the children came in, but when you bring in and the funds that you receive, the per diem it goes strictly for the children. anything else that you do is for the enhancement of their lives and anything extra that you put in shouldn't be for the main things that they need, you know? >> and now on top of that, not only are they talking about cutting your per diem because i know you've adopted three more beautiful little baby girls. >> we haven't adopted them yet. they're just foster care. >> you haven't adopted them and that's why we can't see them because they're still under the care of the state. i hope you get a chance to adopt them because you're an amazing father, but now there could be a cut in this per diem and also those three kids that you have as foster kids that you just
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took on, they might be reclassified, not -- reclassified so they're not special needs which means you'd get a cut in that money. tell me what that e trois money goes toward when you have a special needs kids? is it more trips to the doctor's office? is it more medication? how will this be tough on the kids? >> the three children we have are therapeutic. therapeutic children. they may not have the same special needs that other children have, they're physical needs. the two twins that we have, they had some breathing problems at first at birth, some problems with their stomachs and things like, that but with therapeutic children, most of them might be emotional problems and things like adhd. we have to do extra training for these children so that we can deal with the situations that they have and the cuts, we do make extra trips to the doctor.
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and just the gas situation and things like that, to cut from them, i think would be a travesty. >> it's hard to see you take on something that you don't even have to do and it just seems so unfair that you have to lose that financial support. carl, do me a favor, stay with me, you and the girls stay with me because we want to talk about coming up next and that's where kathy graham comes into play and she's the executive director of the indiana association of child care agencies and kathy, i'm going to want to know what your group is going to do about these cuts. i'm going get you to answer that in just a second.
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let's get back to indiana's plan to cut funding for foster kids. we want to talk now with kathy graham, executive director of the indiana association of residential child care agencies and, kathy, you know, we meet families like carl's and we see how many kids he's taken in, and it just doesn't seem right that
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a family like this should suffer like that. he's doing something that so many other parents, you know, don't do. is there any way that you can save this program, save the dollars through this lawsuit that you're filing now against the indiana department of child services? >> well, we know that we can be successful with the children with the help of families like the harrises. the children that are coming into our programs have been on average n two previous foster homes so they have special needs and they need well-trained foster parents. they need individualized treatment. the litigation we're involved with really speaks to the quality of the care that these children need and the state is their parent. the state should be responsible for paying for the services that these children need. we're all here to help them be
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successful and help them to be safe and have a permanent, loving family as you can see and we know we can do that if you get the right mix of services to these children and the key is assessing what they need and delivering those services very timely and matching them with the right family. >> what is your final hope? do you think this lawsuit will make a difference? because as you've said, if it goes through you may lose parents like carl, right? and there are so many kids in the foster system that need a family. >> yes. well, our hope is that the work that we're doing through the court system will help ensure that these children have the quality of care. we've partnered with the department of child services for over five years and have made a lot of progress and we believe we can get back to that and know that there are a lot of good people working on behalf of
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children, but right now we have a disagreement over the payment issue and we're hoping to get that resolved through the courts and get back to really focusing on the needs of these children who can't speak for themselves. we are here to really help speak up for what they need. >> well, and we will follow the case. kathy graham, thanks so much and, carl, final thought before we go. how have these kids changed your life? >> they've really changed our lives. we love them dearly. like i said, we raised a family previously, but now -- raising children now is a lot different and it's made me a little younger. >> well, i love it. your daughter's laughing behind you. you're quite an inspiration and your family's beautiful. carl and girls, thank you so, so much. we'll follow up on what happens. >> thank you very much. >> you bet. the wind up, the pitch and the half minute that could
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>> it's thursday and time to find somebody a paycheck. today john banks of baltimore is making his 30-second pitch. it's a half minute that could change his life and find him another job in information technology. john's married and the father of two grown sons. he has extensive experience as a project manager. he has been unemployed for more than a year and he's looking for work. right now that has become his full-time job. we'll try to change that, though. john banks joins us from detroit. hi, john. >> good morning. how are you this morning? >> i'm doing okay, but i'll feel bet per we can help you out.
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tell me, you say you're looking for a job and it's been a full-time job. tell me what you've been going through and what you've had to do from the minute you wake up. >> get up every morning looking for work. i get on the internet, and i search for opportunities and i apply for them online because most jobs are looking for you to submit online applications and it's an all day, every day activity. it's been going pretty much since january of 2009. >> and as you were saying, when you apply it is so hard because you can't get in your face. you can't sell yourself, they throw out e-mails and keep e-mails and such a non-personal process. >> it really is. the toughest thing is that years ago i was on the other side of the recruiting process, and i know the recruiting processes are designed to screen people out rather than in because there are many more applicants th tha there are positions that are available so it makes it tough. you have to do something different to make yourself show up and be visible. >> you're doing that right now. are you ready for your 30-second
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pitch? >> i sure am. >> let's start the clock. john banks take it away. >> good morning, my name is john banks and my, my strengths are ability to work with executive leadership to formulate the mission and vision that drive i.t. success. further, i have the facilitative skills to engage diverse team, helping them to work collaboratively to achieve clear, shared objectives, especially in challenging environments. i'm looking for full-time opportunities in the detroit, baltimore, d.c. areas or other great cities across the u.s. or around the world. you can reach me at give me an e-mail and let's talk. >> let's talk when you get that call. let us know what happens, john, all right? >> thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> absolutely. if you're out of work and want to sell yourself to prospective employers, let us know. send a resume and e-mail to
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looking for a job definitely isn't getting any more easy and it doesn't seem like it's getting better either. treasury secretary tim geithner says he expects the nation's unemployment rate to remain high. take a listen. >> when someone's out there and they haven't gotten a job that they lost two years ago and they get the feeling the business on wall street has returned to normal and the executives are getting big bonuses again and they still can't pay for their
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mortgage or they're under water. they say where's the fairness in this. >> exactly. it's not fair. it's deeply unfair and they should be angry about it, but again, what was the choice the president had to make? he had to decide on whether he was going act to fix it or stand back because it would be -- it might be more popular to not do that stuff and that would have been calamitous for the american economy, much, much worse than it was already. good-bye gas-guzzlers, the obama administration setting stricter standards. vehicles will have to meet targets of 20.5 miles per gallon. it could raise the sticker price by 1,000 bucks. with better gas mileage, drivers could get the extra money back within three years. >> britain, remember the controversy from the global warming e-mail. the university's climate research unihit been under fire since e-mails were leaked to the
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internet. skeptics claimed the e-mails showed scientists hiding and manipulating information to exaggerate the threat. the controversy, of course, is not over. the committee says climate scientists now must publish all raw data. forget about about the great melting pot. california is getting a bit of skin on top of that cheese fon due. for the first time since the gold rush, native-born residents make up the majority in most california counties. that's right, the new census should show the change for the whole state. experts tribute the trend of california's economic troubles to see no jobs, no service and higher taxes just doesn't seem to entice immigrants to settle in. to stay on the note of jobs, jobs, jobs, because tony harris has them in the cnn "newsroom." we'll check out six-figure jobs that don't need a four-year degree, going temp, full time. how about this one? hit the beach and blog for bucks. ddddddddddddd
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bullies have been around forever, but the damage they do seems to be getting worse. on our blog we asked what you say to your kids about bullying and here's what you told us. mary said if anyone takes issue with my child and decides to verbally attack her, i give her full license to do the same in return. the one rule i keep is that she is not to throw the first blow in any fight. susan said i tell my son who has been the victim of bullying to
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report it it to administrators because bullies should be held accountable for their actions. unfortunately, bullying will always be in our schools. teaching our kids to ignore, report or even defend themselves is the best we did do. this from john. that's okay, son. take all the beating. when you grow up, they'll all be working for you. remember, just logon to share with us. tony, you were never picked on in school, were you? well, i was just fast. >> you knew how to run? >> just when i was a kid. >> you knew how ho to shoot the spitballs through the straw. >> and run. you have a great day. take care. it is thursday, april 1st, the stories we're covering for you in the cnn "newsroom." a school door interview with a massachusetts high school principal and this morning cnn's alina cho talks with the school

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